Exhibition - An A-historical Daydream: 14th A.I.R. Biennial

Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 at 12:00pm

A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Curated by Jasmine Wahi

Exhibiting artists: Jo Ann Block, Marcy Chevali, Jin-Yong Choi, Molmol Kuo, Marina Leybishkis, Nikki Luna, Helina Metaferia, Marianna Peragallo, Nitcha Tothong (Fame), Luis Vasquez La Roche, Noa Yekutieli

Video program artists: Nikesha Breeze, Caroline Garcia, Heesoo Kwon, Bridget Leslie, Catherine Lie with Caroline White-Nockleby, Darice Polo, Andrea Ray, Nitcha Tothong (Fame), Carrie Sijia Wang, Hana Zhang

An A-Historical Daydream investigates the slipperiness of linear time across a variety of both parallel and intersecting histories. Histories are often singular narratives: they are agendized and unbalanced, and promote a binary idea of ‘us vs them’ or ‘conqueror and conquered.’ This exhibition invites artists to consider the idea of time, history, and future in new and radical ways. It asks them to reflect upon the popular histories that we have been taught, and to then radically imagine an imaginary space/time dimension in which colonialism and hegemonic structures either never existed or existed in a different form. Some artists in the exhibition explore the possibilities of reimagined histories and presents based on a radical imagining of ‘what could have been.’ Others look staunchly towards a future that is largely untainted by our scorched cyclical pass. 

Jasmine Wahi is an Activist, TEDx Speaker, Founder and Co-Director of Project for Empty Space, and the Holly Block Social Justice Curator at the Bronx Museum. Her practice predominantly focuses on issues of femme empowerment, complicating binary structures within social discourses, and exploring multipositional cultural identities through the lens of intersectional feminism. In addition to her other work, Ms. Wahi is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts: MFA Fine Arts department. She is a former board member of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC), and a volunteer instructor for the Girls Educational Mentoring Services (GEMS) group. Ms. Wahi’s curatorial work has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Art News, Artforum, Hyperallergic, Bloomberg, VICE, and NOWTHIS, to name a few.

Exhibition Date: February 12, 2021 - March 14, 2021

Location: A.I.R. Gallery I & II 

The gallery is open by appointment only.   

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